Very often, for backup (and other) purposes it is better to first compress the directory and then download it, or do whatever you want to do with it. These two commands provide fast and easy way to do that.
By Aleksandar Jakovljević
My name is Aleksandar Jakovljević and I am a web developer from Belgrade, Serbia. I was born in Smederevo, in 1980. I started focusing on web development since late 2003. I am mostly focused on open source web technologies. I specialised in PHP, focusing on Symfony framework, with skills in Drupal and WordPress, too. I worked more than 7 years for art_net studio. I work for Computer Rock (former Spoiled Milk) since April 2011. I love the web and everything related to it. The possibility to publish your ideas quickly and make them available to the entire world is what made me decide to pursue a career in web development.